magnification for a .300wby?

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by steffen, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. steffen

    steffen Member

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    i will soon buy a scope(Nikon Buckmaster, Bushnell 3200, etc.)for my rifle.
    but i don't know how much magnification i need.

    since i'm new to long range hunting i dont know how far is the .300wby good for?
    and what magnification for those ranges?



    thanks alot for your inputs.
     
  2. gamedog

    gamedog Well-Known Member

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    I've got a 3-9 Swarovski on my 300 Wby ULW. Works well for my terrain that I hunt.
    A 4.5-14 would work well if your in more open country than thick timber JMO
     

  3. RemmyTim

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    On my Weatherby I originally had a Vari-X III 3.5-10 but recently swapped it out for a 4.5-14. I like the extra power for hunting and really feel that the 14x is about perfect for the range of the 300 Roy.

    Tim
     
  4. LewisH

    LewisH Well-Known Member

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    Whatever scope you chose, check out the eye relief before you buy!

    You need at least 3.5" at the top power setting for those high recoil velocity sobs...and a muzzle brake is an excellent idea, too.:)
     
  5. Hired Gun

    Hired Gun Well-Known Member

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    My Accumark in 300Wby has a Leupold VXIII 8.5-25x50 on it. The same scope in 6.5-20 would be a little more versatile. My best group so far was a lucky 3" at 885 yards. With a 3x9 you couldn't even see the stuff I have shot with my 300Wby. I wouldn't go lower than a 4.5-14x50. I use Leupold bases with Burris Signature double dovetails with the offset rings set to give me an additional 20moa of elevation. Zeroed at 100 I still have 3 full turns of elevation. I have shot as far as 1250 yards and still had another turn left in the scope.

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  6. steffen

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    your post reminded me of when i first bought my rifle.

    i bought the rifle used, and when the rifle came in the mail i couldn't afford a real scope.
    so i just dropped by the local gun store and bought a "el cheapo" 3-9x40 scope, and headed for the range imediately.

    for the first couple of shots everything was fine, i got a bit eager i guess and probably crawled closer to the scope.
    when i pulled the trigger the eyepiece of the scope just barely touched my eyebrow.

    when i got home i checked the scope's specs on the internet: 2.8" eye relief.

    so i personaly thinks 3" eye relief is adequate on rifles in that recoil-range